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Cyberbullying: Are Teens Really in Danger?

by Sandy Fitzgerald for Mobiledia

Parents of pre-teens and adolescents have a lot to worry about, but a new study says cyberbullying isn’t nearly as rampant as many believe.

According to two national studies of 5,000 young people, only 15% said they’d been bullied online last year. In a presentation to the American Psychological Association, Michele Ybarra, research director at the non-profit Center for Innovative Public Health Research, said past studies showed the cyberbullying rate ranked from 30 to 72%, far more than the current studies show.

“We assume it’s this overwhelming thing, that everybody’s being bullied and that it’s inescapable — that’s not totally accurate,” said Ybarra.

via Cyberbullying: Are Teens Really in Danger?.

For more information on the work of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research click here.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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